Creativity in spatial design
Sponda sought new perspectives and wild ideas for redesigning the reception and basement premises of its head office by teaming up with students in Spatial Design from Aalto University. The designs developed in the collaborative project will be used as the basis for the implementation of meeting places that promote creativity as well as space for quiet work at the head office.
In the future, the importance of collaboration will be increasingly highlighted and the space will become more personalised
The designs from the students represented a broad range of approaches, with their emphases varying from atmosphere and adaptability to efficiency at work. Spatial design students Angela Lin and Madeleine Walcher described their team’s approach as a human perspective that combines comfort with functionality.
“The way we worked on the project reflects the premise of our spatial design. We combined stretches of independent work with team meetings to generate ideas and evaluate the direction of our designs. We wanted to create a dynamic space that supports both of these two different working methods,” Lin says.
“Our proposal could be compared to a café where you can work independently at your own table while being surrounded by other people,” Walcher adds.
The objective was to design a comfortable space with a pleasant atmosphere that combines Sponda’s visual identity with Finnish aesthetics.
From uniform business premises towards diversity
The students believe that, in the future, business premises will increasingly reflect organisations’ individual needs and ways of working. This will involve a move from uniform offices featuring similar layouts and furniture to more flexible designs.
“The space must support efficiency from the employee’s perspective, not just the perspective of the company’s operations. Spatial design is moving from a fixed and permanent space towards a dynamic process that responds effectively to changes. The focus is on the opportunities provided by the space and how to best utilise them,” Lin says.
“In the future, the importance of collaboration will be increasingly highlighted and the space will become more personalised. Technological development will also have an impact on how work is performed, which will affect spatial design,” Walcher continues.
Walcher and Lin agree that the work of spatial designers is also becoming more cross-disciplinary: some projects may require graphic design skills, while another may emphasise the perspective of service design or interior design. This will lead to a greater focus on collaboration in spatial design, with experts in different fields working as a team.
The future of spatial planning
- Diverse: Business premises are becoming increasingly diverse and personalised in order to support different operational models.
- Dynamic: Spatial design will no longer see space as something that is fixed and permanent, but rather as something dynamic where the focus is on the opportunities provided by the space.
- Cross-disciplinary: The spatial designer’s expertise will expand in new directions such as graphic design, service design and interior design.